It was pretty plain when I found it. The wood was okay, but not amazing. So it got a new look with some Shabby Paints products. Here are some step by step instructions on what I did, allowing for proper drying time in between coats:
-lightly scratched the surface with 220 grit sandpaper
-cleaned it well with 1:1 ratio of water and vinegar
-painted a coat of Vanilla Bear paint
-created an applique by taping a stencil to the top part of the mirror and applying Texture on it (waited for it to dry and pulled off the stencil--let the Texture finish drying overnight)
-applied a coat of Pearl Gold Shimmer Glaze
-spread some Fracture over the entire piece
-painted Worn White over the Fracture (it's fun to watch the paint start to crackle)
-highlighted the applique in Snow White paint
-applied VAX to seal and protect
-applied a small amount of Hazelnut ReVAX for some slight aging
Whew! It seems like a lot but it went quickly and was very easy to do. Here is the result:
I hung it on my wall to snap some photos, and now that it's there, it just might be staying.
For more information on Shabby Paints, see www.bellejunque.com.